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Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultations

Community pressure has pushed the government to implement a poverty reduction strategy. Now we need community action to ensure that it is a strong one with legislated targets and timelines. You can be a part of this effort to make BC’s government take action against poverty.

The BC government is currently asking British Columbian residents about what should be included in a Poverty Reduction Strategy. It’s now more important than ever that the provincial government hear our collective voice loud and clear highlighting the pillars of a strong, comprehensive poverty reduction plan. 

Use our easy email form to send a message to the government consultations.

We are also planning events to help prepare you for the consultations:

Monday December 18, 3 PM – 4 PM

Register here for our webinar where Trish Garner will share the Coalition’s pillars of a poverty reduction strategy and key messages to share.

Monday December 18, 10 AM – 1 PM

Register here for our two-part Metro Vancouver workshop. Trish Garner will discuss the Coalition’s pillars of a poverty reduction strategy, and then Deborah Littman, Lead Organizer of the Metro Vancouver Alliance, will facilitate specific training to provide you with the skills to host a listening circle – designed for organizations who work directly with members affected by the issues to ensure that the voices of people in poverty are central to this consultation.

Stay tuned for details for events that we are organizing in other regions.

Can’t make it to a meeting? We’ve also compiled a document sharing the key messages and policies that the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition will be communicating during the Consultations. You can also see a summary on our one-page poster. 

Community Meetings

Community Meetings are going to be scheduled across the province to consult with British Columbian residents about what should be included in the Poverty Reduction Strategy. We will share more details about these community meetings as soon as we have them. You can also visit the government’s site for updates on what they’re doing.

Community meetings for British Columbia’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy will kicked off in Victoria on November 27th 2017. More community meetings will be held throughout the province in the coming months. While some times and locations are still being finalized, the confirmed dates for 2018 are:

Prince Rupert:  Thursday, Jan. 11
Terrace / Kitimat:  Friday, Jan. 12
Smithers:  Saturday, Jan. 13
Kamloops:  Thursday, Jan. 18
Kelowna: Friday, Jan. 19
Nanaimo: Monday, Jan. 22
Port Alberni: Tuesday, Jan. 23
Campbell River: Wednesday, Jan. 24
Williams Lake:  Friday, Feb. 2
Quesnel:  Saturday, Feb. 3
Prince George:  Wednesday, Feb. 7
Cranbrook:  Thursday, Feb. 8
Nelson:  Friday, Feb. 9

Meetings are being planned for Vancouver, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby/New Westminster, Maple Ridge, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Fort St. John/Fort Nelson.

There are several other ways you can share your thoughts with the government:

Government Feedback Form

You can also use the government’s feedback form here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcpovertyreduction/submit-your-feedback/

By Phone:

Call Enquiry BC and ask for ‘BC Poverty Reduction’

Calls can be made Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time

Victoria       250-387-6121
Vancouver     604-660-2421
Elsewhere in B.C.  1-800-663-7867
Outside B.C.    1-604-660-2421

Via Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD):

Vancouver     604-775-0303

Elsewhere in B.C.  1-800-661-8773

By Fax: 250-387-5775

By EmailBCPovertyReduction@gov.bc.ca

By Mail:

ATTN: BC Poverty Reduction
PO BOX 9929 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9R2